Written by: Katie Haremski
UTC Communications and Psychology junior, Alex Ogle, has her sights set high as she approaches her last year of college. While a projection for early graduation came as a bit of a surprise, she couldn’t be more excited for what the future has in store. For many, college is a time of exploration of one’s self and Ogle is no exception from that. During her time in college she has explored several different paths specifically in the Communications Department.
The Knoxville native kick started her college career in the fall of 2016. Over the past two and a half years, she has found a deep love for broadcasting and photojournalism. While Ogle claims that she is “not musically talented”, she has a deeply embedded love for music. Her love for music brought her to having her own show on WUTC. She said, “It’s cool to be able to play whatever music you want”.
Additionally, she loves photojournalism. What started as a class, has now become a passion. Ogle is currently in her first class in photojournalism, but will be continuing her “PJ” education next semester. At the end of the October, she joined The UTC Echo Photographers and feels like since joining she has grown in her craft.
What some may not know, is that Ogle is legally blind. Her right eye is corrected to 20/60 but her left eye is 20/300. She doesn’t have peripheral in either eye due to retinopathy of prematurity. Despite that, Ogle said that it is not a defining factor of who she is.
“I love capturing moments and reminding people that [this] is what is going on. That photos can lead to change.” Ogle said that it’s really special that one can capture a moments in time.
She said that when she first started photographing she “didn’t feel like she was good at it” but as time has past, she has continued to make connections and photos. While “the dream” is unclear, she goes back and forth on whether she wants to seek after photojournalism as a profession. One thing is clear, is that she does have passion for storytelling and capturing emotion.
Ogle’s WUTC show can be heard on Mondays at 10 PM and her work in The Echo can be found on http://www.theutcecho.com.
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Katie Haremski is a senior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Outside of contributing to Rising Rock, she is the Creative Coordinator at Counsel Creative and the Features Editor at The Echo. Katie is a storyteller, writer, designer, social media marketer and photographer.
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